Bathabile Dlamini slams Paul Mashatile’s resignation suggestion

Bathabile Dlamini slams Paul Mashatile’s resignation suggestion

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African National Congress Woman’s League (ANCWL) president Bathaible Dlamini has called out the party’s treasurer-general Paul Mashatile. Mashatile suggested that the embattled Dlamini should resign from her position and step aside from any other responsibility with the ANC.

Mashastile suggests Dlamini resigns after perjury verdict

In his capacity as ANC’s acting secretary-general, Mashatile was speaking on the radio when he revealed his thoughts on Dlamini. Dlamini was found guilty of perjury just two weeks ago. This was after she was caught lying under oath in 2017 during an inquiry into the issue of the social grant at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

Speaking to EWN, Dlamini stated that her belief is that attempts to have her removed from her position were premeditated. She referred to the issue as being “unfair”

“The whole thing is not innocent, the way people are speaking it sounds premeditated, you cannot have a senior official of the ANC saying I must resign from the ANC. It’s unfair because they are running a hundred meters, at the highest speed that they have not been running at with others who have gone through this.”

Bathabile Dlamini, ANCWL president

The ANCWL’s president is set to meet ANC officials to share details about why she continues to occupy her position, despite being found guilty of perjury. 

ANCWL president claims some ANC members want the league to be disbanded

Dlamini stated that there are members within the ruling party who want to see the demise of the ANCWL. She explained that said members are not patient and are “running and coming through in all directions”.

Dlamini went further to state that Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, among others, has hosted meetings to decide on whether or not the ANCWL should be disbanded.

The ANCWL’s president has thus far fought against efforts to have removed. Her position has allowed her to have some sort of influence on the ANCWL’s national executive committee. 

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Staying on the topic of national executive committees, the ANC’s had a meeting over the weekend. It was reported that there were calls made for Dlamini to step aside. However, it was decided that the matter regarding her should be handled by the officials.

The former Minister of Social Development has yet to accept her verdict as being one of a serious nature. Dlamini stated that it was not a high court matter. She further argued that corruption and morality cannot be compared. Adding that morals cannot be pushed on people by those who do not have a morality of their own.


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